support for HOV lane study
Express Staff Writer
County Commissioner Sarah Michael asked the Wood River Regional
Transportation Committee on Thursday for its support for a study of an
"incremental implementation" of high-occupancy vehicle lanes on
there was no quorum of the committee at its March 28 meeting, the members
present expressed support of the study, which would be conducted by the
Idaho Department of Transportation.
several stretches of the highway between Hailey and Ketchum where there
are three lanes of traffic.
been promoting the idea of using one lane as an HOV lane, which she said
she hopes would in turn promote carpooling and a commuter bus.
Highway 75, the object of a National Environmental Policy Act study being
conducted by the ITD, may have HOV lanes from Timmerman Hill to Ketchum.
a new highway is built, Michael and other proponents of HOV lanes want to
incorporate them into the highway before changes are made in the highway.
Thus the qualifier of "incremental."
Departmentís District 4 engineer, Devin Rigby, said his department would
like to see "fairly unilateral support of HOV lanes" before
conducting the study.
donít want to come in and impose our ideas on the Wood River
Valley," he said. "Weíve learned our lesson."
transportation committee is an advisory committee to the Blaine County
Commissioners. It will be up to the commission to give the ITD the
go-ahead on the study.